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The four short films in this program range from humorous dark comedy to sombre drama. These films explore existential crises, beauty standards and daring ambitions in the lives of the protagonists.

Films

Gita boy
Toye Aru | Nigeria | Pidgin & English | 15 min
A carpenter’s son must decide to follow the family business or or pursue his dream of becoming a musician.

Hair or No Hair
Janessa St. Pierre & Courtenay Mayes | Canada | 16 min
A young black woman has been hiding behind wigs for years until her Alopecia is exposed publicly. She uses this experience as a catalyst to break free of the shame she feels towards her baldness.

DEAD END
Courtenay Mayes | Canada | 10 min
A young woman planning her suicide for later that day, but unable to decide on the perfect outfit to do the deed. An absurdist, richly coloured and textured black comedy.

My Body Is A Poem The World Makes With Me
Brandon Wint | Canada | 28 min
At the intersection of Blackness and disability, the film is an artistic kaleidoscope composed of animation,illustration, poetry, and photography bending genres and flirting with experimentalism.

Directors

Various

County of Origin

Various

Language

Various

19+
69 min

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BHM Shorts Program collage

Black History Month: Short Film Showcase

The four short films in this program range from humorous dark comedy to sombre drama. These films explore existential crises, beauty standards and daring ambitions in the lives of the protagonists.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

Union Street

Interspersing interviews with archival footage, Union Street documents the history of Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, the formerly Black neighbourhood which was destroyed by the construction of the Georgia viaduct in the 1970s.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection

In this, the first of a new monthly series, ...to glimpse: African Cinema Now!, Mantoa, an 80-year-old woman who has lived her entire life in a small Lesotho village, is forced to venture out into the world and fight for what is right.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

When Morning Comes

Nine-year-old Jamal (a radiant Djamari Roberts) is getting bullied at school and his mum -- a widow -- decides she needs to get him out of Jamaica and educated in Canada, with his grandmother. Only one problem: Jamal is not on board.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Inxeba

In South Africa's Xhosa culture, young men are brought to the mountains of the Eastern Cape to participate in an ancient coming-of-age ritual... but for Kwanda, his queer identity is at odds with social expectations.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

Augure

Using magical realism to paint a portrait of "undesirables" and "sorcerers" in the Congo, Augure (Omen) delves into the intricacies of identity, culture, and belief systems through a deeply rich and visually captivating lens.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre